Lili Claire Family Resource Center Set To Open At Renown Regional Medical Center|
RENO, Nev. (Sept. 10, 2008) – Renown Health is proud to announce the grand opening of the nation’s fourth Lili Claire Foundation Family Resource Center at Renown Regional Medical Center. This center joins partner locations at the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Nevada School of Medicine in Las Vegas and Meharry Medical College in Nashville, Tennessee. A special ribbon cutting event is set for Tuesday, Sept. 23 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. to mark the center’s official opening and its significance in the community. In partnership with Renown Health, The Lili Claire Foundation Family Resource Center will provide education and supportive services to children, parents and the community about neurogenetic conditions like Williams syndrome, Autism and Down syndrome.
Nevada First Lady Dawn Gibbons; Lynda Tache, executive director of Nevada for The Lili Claire Foundation; Jim Miller, Renown Health president and CEO; and a representative from Senator Harry Reid’s office, will be at the event to celebrate the opening of the Family Resource Center. Johanna Fricke, M.D., FAAP, from the Lili Claire Foundation will also be available to talk about the importance of the work being accomplished through Family Resource Centers like this one.
“As the only locally owned not-for-profit health network in the region, this is very significant for Renown Health and the people we serve,” said Miller. “Through this partnership, the community will benefit from the many good things Lili Claire does for children who survive with these challenging syndromes. We are honored to assist them in education and supporting the community.”
Providing free, state of the art programs and support services to special needs children and their families, these centers play a vital role in the continued efforts to ensure every child living with a neurogenetic condition, receives the best, most compassionate care available. These family resource centers offer programs designed to meet the medical, psychosocial, educational and vocational aspects of these children from infancy through adulthood.
Currently the Lili Claire Family Resource Center is seeing patients once a month, free of charge. The goal is to grow the center and provide a unique blend of clinical expertise. Programs and services include behavioral clinics, genetics clinics, music camp, autism clinics, school advocacy, emergency medical, resource library, sibling workshops and psychosocial counseling. All of these programs and services are delivered free of charge.
Studies indicate that more than 20,000 children each year are diagnosed with autism or other neurogenetic conditions such as Down syndrome or Williams syndrome. Northern Nevada residents interested in making a genuine difference are invited to attend the Lili Claire benefit dinner and concert, Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Silver Legacy Resort & Casino, featuring John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting with special guest Stephen Bishop. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lili Claire Foundation. More information about the event and Lili Claire Foundation can be found at www.liliclairefoundation.org.
As a legacy to their daughter Lili Claire, Keith and Leslie Resnick established the Lili Claire Foundation to help ease the challenges faced by families with children living with a neurogenetic condition. The Foundation provides a unique and comprehensive blend of support services through the Lili Claire Family Resource Centers in partnership with the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Nevada School of Medicine and Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.